Friday, August 17, 2007

S Korea - 2 kidnapped return home

Two South Koreans kidnapped last month in Afghanistan returned home today after being released by the Taleban. Looking solemn as they appeared before a large media presence, one of the former captives, Kin Kyung-Ja said, “I would like to thank you and say sorry to cause so much concern.” The other released captive, Kim Gi-na said she hoped her other colleagues would soon be released. Only on arriving at Seoul airport did both individuals learn about the execution of two other kidnap victims. The group has been criticized for being wreckless in travelling to Afghanistan and the South Korean authorities has banned all unauthorized visits to the war torn country. Meanwhile negotiations continue to secure the release of the remaining 19 kidnapped aid workers [CNN]

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